So it's been quite a while since last I was here. A lot (and I mean a lot) has happened in that span of time, including large quantities of art. I figured I'd start over with a brand new gallery since there is so much new stuff to share!
For the new folks here who are unfamiliar with me or my art, I'm a long-time artist and old PC-er that drifts back here from time to time to share what I have with the nice folks of the forums. The media I use vary wildly from traditional to digital, painting to sculpture, and occasional animation and other experimental mixes of media. The obvious constant is subject matter. I grew up enjoying nature and paleontology as much as art, as well as fantasy creatures (I don't usually do fanart anymore, and if I do, I don't post it normally, but I s'pose PC is an obscure enough place I'll let ya see it). Dragons and their ilk are an obvious staple but lately I've gone back to my love of prehistoric animals to make up for all the dinosaurs I haven't been drawing all my life.
'Tis a shame there are no comments, I'm assuming everyone's just intimidated. And rightly so, I don't think I can offer any criticism. But seriously, there's some really cool stuff here (and on you dA). I'm really amazed at the texture and level of detail you achieve on these illustrations.
I think maybe there just also isn't a great deal of activity around here still? In any case I needed a fresh thread, as I have grown heaps as an artist since my last one 2 years ago. And seeing the people here and reflecting on the last decade I keep having the thought that yep, anyone can become amazing with enough time and effort, plus knowing what things you need to practice (otherwise you're just spinning your wheels). Now that I think of it, I may add a section showing hilariously old stuff I had posted here in the past in a sort of progression from the terribad to whatever point I'm at now.
Your illustrations and pixel art is absolutely breathtaking.
The Leafeon pixel art piece is one of the best pixel art pieces I've seen to date. I can't explain what it is about it, but it just looks like it flows. It's absolutely amazing. How long do you think it took you to do that, and would you ever consider doing a Glaceon piece and having them as a set?
The first and second dragon illustrations are immense pieces of work, too. Looking at both of them makes me feel so small, I can actually feel how big the dragons are. The animated bird in the third illustration is fantastic, too, and the piece below it brings about a strange feeling of calmness. All in all, this is some excellent artwork. You should be proud of your abilities. :]
That pixel art is all far older than everything else, and most of it was actually for pixel art contests here in 2009 and 2010! Hopefully they'll bring those things back I probably won't do a Glaceon but I will probably do some more pixel art in the (maybe near?) future! As for how long it took, I can't for the life of me remember as it was over 5 years ago, but I do remember the technique. Basically I did a pencil drawing, scanned it, and then pixeled over it with Leafeon's palette from 4th gen.
Okay, first, your art is remarkable. But you don't need me to tell you that. You already know it, don't you? You don't get that good because you don't work for it. I mean, yeah, natural talent takes the lion's share of the gradual incline to artistic achievement, but I can tell you've invested yourself beyond that point. Needless to say, your effort is paying off exponentially.
Second, I think the most remarkable part of your work isn't just the immeasurable beauty of it; but how I, as an audience member, feel so innately inspired while viewing it. I don't often find myself agape moderating these forums (not to say the artists here aren't good, but when it truly transcends that stereotypical definition), and it always comes as such a pleasant surprise for me. It makes me proud, in a real self indulgent kind of way. I really get the sense of vastness and endless possibility in your art. The feeling it gives me, viewing it, makes me want to create and evokes real emotion. In my personal opinion, that is probably the best thing you can do as an artist. It makes me feel inspired.
You are doing astounding work here.
yo this **** be tight
Well yeah it took like more than 20 years to get this far (or like 4-5 if you count from where I started viewing my art as more than a hobby and became less nonchalant about it, but I still had a whole childhood of at least doings stuff by that point) and honestly since I spend all my time on professional-art-centric places on the internet (or as much time as I can before I am soul-crushed with envy), I am still a total noob even though I might stick way out in a humble and not-necessarily-about-art place like this. There's some truly jaw-dropping artists I first saw on here though, that I wish were still around or would post art again. I'd tell stories but I'll save that for the other thingy :D
No, it's a different species, but they're both dinosaurs (this is Deinonychus and the one in my sig is Microraptor). The dark part on the front of the snout and the feet are naked skin, the rest is its feathers.
Excuse me while I go spend an hour crying my soul out, from jealousy, contempt, and self dissatisfaction. ;-;
This art is truly astounding. And... that's coming from somebody who comes from a family of artists.
I'm always on the lookout for things that can invoke a feeling and a sense of a fantasy world, that dwells gracefully on the edge of imagination and the point of being unfathomable. Such pieces as your doglike sculpture, and the second illustration shown are certainly at that point, and to be honest a little past it!
I really can't think of what to say! This is just amazing!
Not all who wander are lost.
————————— Kaizen | working on it | working on it
Thanks so much! Haha, yeah that's how I feel when I look on ArtStation at all the real pros
That's cool, art runs in my family too (just mom's side, though). I do certainly try to evoke grace and majesty in fantasy stuff, as it is my favorite part of fantasy - distilling something to its symbolicness.
I use Photoshop for painting, pixels, and general all-purposeness. The animation in the sleeping dinosaur and alligator jigglin' GIFs were drawn frame-for frame in it, too. Any other animating (like Hunter or the splash page of my site) is done with After Effects. Digital sculpting is done in ZBrush, modeling (though nothing in this thread currently) and other 3D things may also use Maya. I sometimes also use 3D as a base for painting (if you've been to my site, the dragon in the rain was done this way). It's super helpful with lighting and perspective, and I use it a lot at work because it's fast.
New piece in yet another new section, Sketches & Speedies, which is for quick stuff that isn't fanart (fanart is always quick because I refuse to put a lot of time into it). I drew this fella constantly in college, and felt he needed to be my doodling guinea pig once again :3
Thanks! Haha yeah, a lot of things about him are fluid and not set in stone - horns, wings, proportions, where he fits on a mammalian-reptilian scale. He's kind of a blank character to draw when I don't want to think too hard but want to test things out. But the hair/beard and being a gold dragon-like creature are the main constants. And yes, it is totally because of that guy, even though the real person has gone through many a hair/fuzz configuration, this is a more iconic version of how it was when I met him, and the type I like best on dudes in general, lol.
Also, here is a new thing! Ever since X and Y came out I've been intrigued by the render style and wanted to try and emulate it on something. Maya doesn't really have a way to not anti-alias the lines but this is as close an approximation as I could get, using a low-poly model of my namesake bird goddess character.